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are getting our food, you are sitting at their table, the person is coming, someone comes in and goes, "excuse me" -- i don't care! >> kimberly: such your dvr dvrs and never miss an episode of "the five" or this lunatic. "special report" of next. >> bret: another package bomb explodes in texas is a desperate hunt for a serial bomber expands from austin to san antonio. president trump meets with saudi arabia's reformist crown prince, i'll speak with the kingdom's foreign minister on a of issues. and we talked to house speaker paul ryan about his transformation from budget talk to defense talk is another fiscal cliff looms. if this is "special report." ♪ good evening and welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. we begin with a frantic search for a bomber in the lone star state. another package bombing in texas. a device exploded early this morning at a fedex distribution
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center near san antonio, while another similar explosive package they are did not detonation. it is the fifth such incident in that state since march 2nd. two people have been killed so far. to correspondent jonathan hunt in texas in the capital tonight of austin where law enforcement are scrambling come the resins they are worrying. good evening, john. >> good evening, bret. this fedex store has been at the center of what is an increasingly urgent search for whomever may be behind the bombings with federal and local law enforcement focusing on this and at least two other major investigative sites as they seek to bring an end to austin's terror. >> we've been working around the clock, again, the public safety is our number one priority. >> safety that was once again chattered after another explosion in texas. this time, at a federal express
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facility in shertz, 20 miles outside of san antonio. >> the package had been traveling along the automated conveyor when it had exploded. one employee that was standing near the explosion later complained of ringing in the ears. >> the fbi believes the parcel was destined for austin. they are now investigating an austin area fedex store for where they believe the package was sent to. this comes just two days after a blast in the states capital injured two man. sunday's bombing showing what authorities call a "higher level of sophistication." it was triggered by a nearly invisible tripwire. >> they looked so hard, they couldn't tell, they tripped and set off this explosion. they didn't see it. it was a wire. and it blew up. you don't know what to think with something like this happen happens. it's uncalled for. >> the president echoing that sentiment and offering support
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from washington. >> the bombings in austin are terrible. local state and federal working hand-to-hand to get to the bottom of it. this is obviously a very, very sick individual or may be individuals. are sick people and we will get to the bottom of it. >> with a serial bomber at large, hundreds of agents from the atf and fbi and on the lone star state and racing against time, hoping to stop the person who has killed the two people and injured four others this month in austin and who some investigators believe it is likely linked to the days bomb blast in shertz. >> certainly common sense tells you that it's very likely connected and i think we will find out soon that it is connected. >> officials say it is clear that whomever is doing this has considerable expertise. what isn't clear is that motive and to more frighteningly, perhaps, when and where the bomber will strike next.
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bret? >> bret: jonathan, leave this afternoon, the authorities came back and said that was not an unexploded device, so they were hoping to get one that was intact. but they came out and kind of corrected that. >> yes, the police chief in shertz had originally put out a statement saying that they had found a device that did not explode out of large fedex facility just by san antonio. they walked back back within about two or three hours and said they had not found a second device. they are still looking at another fedex facility here in austin near the main airport in the city. they are, they said they had found a suspicious package. we do not know at this hour, bret, whether that contains any explosives. >> bret: we'll head back for details. jonathan, thank you. one student is dead in a school shooting in southern maryland. it happened in st. mary's county about 75 miles south of washington.
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police say a student armed with a handgun injured two schoolmates, just before classes began at great mills high school. the armed resource officer intervened and that shooter went down. correspondent griff jenkins has been there all day. good evening. >> good evening, bret. this appears to be a case of a system working right. sheriff cameron says the motive isn't clear just quite yet, but he painted a picture of a prior relationship between the deceased gunmen, austin wyatt rawlins, he 17, and a female student who is 16. she is in intensive care at a local hospital at this hour, fighting for her life. the second shooting victim, a 14-year-old male student, is in stable condition. the sheriff detailing how this all unfolded earlier today and the brave actions of that school resources officer, deputy
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sheriff blaine gaskill. >> dfc blaine gaskill fired at that shooter and what is described to me almost simon simultaneously, the shooter fired. >> now, blaine gaskill says it will be further investigation to determine whether or not it was his shot that killed the gunman. the fact remains, bret, that yet again, we've had someone open fire in one of our schools in 2018, and maryland's governor, larry hogan, says he is outraged that more isn't being done. >> no parent should ever have to worry about when they send their kids off in the morning to school whether they will come home safely or not. and we need more than prayers. i want to think these first responders and law enforcement officers for the job they did but we need more. we need to take action. >> just for a little context, it was one week ago tomorrow that
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the students here at great mills high school behind me walked out in a nationwide response to the gun violence. bret? >> bret: griff jenkins a great mills, maryland. thank you. president trump says he will meet with his newly reelected russian counterpart soon. that announcement comes on a busy foreign policy day for the american leader. chief white house correspondent john roberts joins us from the north lawn without story. you'd evening, john. >> bret, good evening to you. the president began his day meeting with a man who will be the next king of saudi arabia. president trump shoveling off all the shiny military hardware that the saudis will be buying. it was russia that quickly rose to the top of the news. meeting in the oval office with the saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman, president trump revealed a plan to meet with russian president vladimir putin. >> we will probably get together in the not-too-distant future, so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race.
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>> talk of the meeting came after president trump called putin to congratulate him on his latest election victory. a call during which the president mentioned nothing about election meddling or the nerve agent poisoning of a former russian spy in britain. >> i don't believe it came up on the specific but it is something that we've spoken extensively about. >> is the recent poisoning in the united kingdom come up in the call? >> i don't believe that was discussed. >> arizona senator john mccain chastised the president for the call, and a statement saying, an american president does not read the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections." even the senate majority leader gave president trump a rhetorical back of the hand. >> when i look at a russia election, what i see is a lack of credibility, calling him or don't have been high on my list. >> the congratulatory phone call aside, the white house today insisted it is getting tough with russia. but said it doesn't have much control over who gets elected in russia or how. >> we don't get to dictate how other countries operate.
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what we do know is that putin has been elected in their country. >> the investigation into russian metal and got another news bump today after president trump added former u.s. attorney joe go to john about to his legal team. he believes there was a conspiracy against the president of the highest levels of the fbi. >> there was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate hillary clinton and if she didn't win the election, to then frame donald trump with a falsely created crime. >> in the wake of andrew mccabe's firing from the fbi, president trump went on a twitter rant against the mueller investigation, repeatedly calling it a witch hunt, tweeting at mad at should never have been started. but the white house again is dated the president is naylor thinking about nor has plans to fire mueller. mitch mcconnell gave mueller a big thumbs up today. >> i think you will have great wettability with the american
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people, when he reaches the conclusion of this investigation. >> president trump also vented his frustration at sanctuary cities today, convening a group of like-minded lawmakers and law enforcement officials, vowing a crackdown on cities he says are violating federal law. >> sanctuary cities are dangerous, and we are going to take care of the problem. >> president trump waved a scolding finger at her rant today, reminding that the iran nuclear deal is up for another sanctions waiver decision. the last time the president signed a waiver, he indicated he wasn't going to keep doing that, from now until the time is over. but the president saying today, when he was asked what he was going to do about iran, said, well, we'll see what happens. bret? >> bret: the next chapter. john roberts live on the north lawn. john, thanks. speaking of russia, the email investigations, investigations overall, next month after his book is released, former fbi director james comey will be here in studio for an interview
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on "special report." just confirmed this week. moments ago, the senate passed a measure to table a bipartisan plan to force the u.s. to cease any military operations in yemen without congressional approval. some lawmakers blame saudi arabia for the three year long conflict in yemen, which they call a humanitarian disaster, and it is clearly that. the saudis and their allies in the region pointed the finger, however, at iran. i spoke about that thorny issue today and others with the saudi foreign minister, adel al-jubeir. he's traveling with the crown prince. we began discussing how the crown prince and the president get along. >> they have a great, great personal relationship with each other by the president also enjoys a very close personal relationship with the majesty king saul mann. the the countries see all to i and all the important issues.
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whether it has to do with containing iran, fighting extremism and terrorism, whether it has to do with bringing stability or peace to the region, whether it has to do with the importance of trade and investment, all of those issues, the politics are completely aligned. president trump deserves a lot of credit for taking the saudi american relationship to greater heights. >> bret: there is concern on capitol hill on a number of fronts, but one specifically is yemen. is there a solution to yemen? do you see an end to the civil war there? >> yes. we are working on a political solution in yemen that will end in a stable piece for a united yemen, without any iranian presence or presence by hezbollah. until we reach a point, we have to make sure we protect our people, protect our nation. the movies have launched more than 100 -- including jerk about our capital city. and so we have to make sure that we protect our people. at the same time, we are very
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concerned about the situation that we are implementing right now i know mike -- a humanitarian problem, with over $1 million in the united arab emirates. we have opened up all the ports and seaports and now there is food to come in. >> bret: the pictures in the stories out of there are pretty harrowing. i mean, there is famine and colorado and a bad scenario on the ground that people are talking about on capitol hill. a slick of the reason we have starvation in yemen is because the houthis lay sieges on towns and villages and prevent humanitarian assistance and food and medicine from reaching those places. people get sick or sorry for the starvation -- the houthis are ones that steal humanitarian resistance. the houthis are the ones that knocked out the cranes at the airport that enabled the airport for a long period of time. so if this be who have taken the child soldiers and put them into battles, nine, ten, 11 years
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old. houthis have made minds randomly in areas that lead to people being killed and losing limbs and lives. so much of what we see in yemen as a consequence of the houthis actions and the houthis are upon the iranian regime and aligned with hezbollah. what they are trying to do is establish a second hezbollah and yemen and what they are trying to do is turn yemen into a self leg of iran and we cannot allow this to happen. >> bret: obviously, significant concern about that. also syria. has a solid won that a civil war in syria? >> the tragedy in syria is not over and will continue for a very long time. when the fighting stops, there has to be a phase for rebuilding the country, and there has to be a period where syrian refugees can go back to their homes. this can only happen if you have a credible political process. this is what we in the united states are trying to work on moving forward and we are hoping that enough pressure can
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be brought to bear on the assad regime to seriously engage in these talks. >> bret: do you think the u.s. is going to get out of the iran deal and should it? >> i wouldn't be presumptuous to tell the u.s. what are her shouldn't do. but we support president trump's policies with regards to iran completely. we believe they are the right policies. we believe that iran of the dangers of the world. iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism in the world. we believe that the nuclear deal has serious flaws in it, as did the administration. the nuclear deal, they have to do with the sunset provisions, would expire in about eight years, and would allow iran unlimited enrichment capabilities, they could have enough material for a bomb within weeks. this is not acceptable. if we have fixed the nuclear agreement, we have serious sanctions with regard to ballistic missiles, and we've serious sanctions with regard to interfering with countries in the region, and support for terrorism, then we are in a position where we put iran on notion to notice that it much change his behavior but want to
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become an acceptable member of the international community. >> bret: do you believe iran is breaking the deal currently? >> i believe that the iranians are doing whatever they can to move forward with regards to the nuclear program. i would suspect that the fact that they have limited the inspections to declared sites indicates to me that they maybe have some surreptitious programs underway. if you question to me, do i trust iran will abide by the agreement and on to become a nuclear power? >> absolutely not. >> bret: if they do, well saudi become a nuclear power? >> we have said that we will not allow iran to acquire nuclear capability without doing something in return. if iran acquires a nuclear capability, we will do our best to acquire one as quickly as possible. >> bret: is that already happening? >> i will not be commenting on it on television. if it were or weren't. >> bret: i heard of the crown prince describe questions about
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the concerns of what happened in the ritz carlton. how do you describe it to folks who have questions about how that all went down? >> it's a necessary shock to the system. we tried for years to deal with corruption and it didn't work. in this case, investigations were launched, two years ago. the investigations discovered wrongdoing. the individuals who were involved in this were brought in and remain. they were told if you acknowledge your wrongdoing and return the funds you stole, you can walk. if not, we will refer you to the prosecutor who will put you in jail and put you on trial, which can last a long time, and you will not be able to walk. so the choice is yours. most of them signed settlements, gave the money back. most of it. they went home. and those who refused are now detained and they will be facing the judiciary. the message that went to saturday's is that his
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majesty's in the crown prince will not tolerate corruption, those days are over and they will not return again. we were losing roughly 10% of our corruption. after this action we hope it will never happen again. >> bret: finally, what do you all help to get out of this trip? >> it is to go over the agreements that are assigned and the understandings that were made when president trump -- is that we see we are in terms of what we've made. he will be traveling to san francisco to meet with captains of the tech industry. he will be going to seattle. he will be visiting los angeles to meet with people in the entertainment industry because we are opening up movie theaters in saudi arabia and we are promoting recreation and entertainment in our country and we want to avail ourselves of the expertise that exists in hollywood. his highness will be visiting houston to sign off on the $59 billion expansion of a saudi
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owned oil refinery in houston. a major, major trip. he wants to introduce saudi arabia to a vast cross-section of the u.s. and he wants to let them know that saudi arabia is open for business, that saudi arabia is on the move, that saudi arabia is changing, that it's dynamic, and innovative, young, that it wants to be america's partner. >> bret: mr. minister, thank you for the time. >> any time. >> bret: still had still ahead, house speaker paul ryan on why he is all in favor of a huge increase in defense spending. up next from the u.s. hears an abortion case that could have wide-ranging implications. ♪ a mighty small pill with concentrated power that works at liquid speed. you'll ask... what pain? advil liqui-gels minis. i had a very minor fender bender tonight! in an unreasonably narrow fast food drive thru lane.
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♪ >> bret: u.s. supreme court justices are tonight weighing whether pro-life pregnancy
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centers can be required to give out information about the availability of abortions. my colleague and acre of "fox news @ night," shannon bream, tells us about california law and the challenge to it. >> blustering winds and pelting rain didn't keep hundreds of demonstrators from sounding off on a key free-speech case before the nation's highest court. today, the justices heard a dispute over a california law that requires most pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to provide information to clients about where they can find low or no cost abortions. in several of the centers sued, arguing there free-speech rights are infringed by being forced to support a message antithetical for the corporation. justice ginsburg asked the plaintiffs lawyer why they shouldn't equate to the idea of informed consent. "so that the patient will know what are the array of services available to her." but a number of justin's questions to come if the law is based on making sure potential patients are fully informed, why it is full of exceptions and
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carve outs for numerous medical facilities and providers, leaving nonprofit, pro-life pregnancy centers as the one settled with disclosure and notice requirements. citing assisted tick that 1980 % are pro-life facilities, justice alito said when you put all this together, go to very suspicious pattern. much of the discussion centered on the requirements, that many pro-life pregnancy centers would be forced to use a disclaimer, office and multiple languages, and as they run for about bart's websites. justices kennedy and sonya sotomayor questioned whether the disclosure portion of the law was overly burdensome. post argument, both sides said they are optimistic about winning offer at least five of the justices. california made the case that these fake women's helps womenh
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centers cannot operate without being reliant on lies and deception. >> it's one thing for government to ban speech, that is not acceptable. but it's even worse for the government to put words in your mouth and turn you into their marionettes, they can force you to say what they want you to say. >> two of the justices asked today whether the issue was even right to here as california noted, it has not been aggressively enforcing this law. bret, whatever they decide, the opinion is due by late june. >> bret: we'll see you tonight at 11. stocks were up today, the dow gained 116. the s&p 500 got back 4. the nasdaq finished ahead 20. up next, the clock ticks down toward another government shutdown. is that possible? we'll explain. first, some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering. fox 40 in jackson, mississippi, has a federal judge granted temporary block on a new lysis of the law banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation. the measure is the most restrictive abortion one of the united states. the flock will be in place during the legal fight over the
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law. wsb and in miami has the brother of compressed high school shooter nikolas cruz is arresten campus. sheriff's deputies say 18-year-old zachary wrote his skateboard onto the marjorie stoneman douglas high school campus after being warned to stay away. he told officers he came to the school to "reflect on the school shooting and soak it all in." this is a live look at times square in new york. our affiliate there, fox 5, the big story tonight, another major weather system targeting the northeast. the bulk of the snow and sleet expected to wall up in new jersey, maryland, delaware, and parts of eastern pennsylvania. before heading toward cape cod early thursday. it is the fourth nor'easter to slam this region and three weeks. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. ♪ then we found out how many yes that money would last them. how long do you think we'll keep --
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>> bret: hard to believe but we are three business days away from another possible government shutdown. there are still some major issues unresolved. cheap congressional correspond with mike emanuel tells us what they are. >> congresses facing a friday night deadline on its $1.3 trillion spending package and already the house is expecting the vote on thursday. >> it will overextend extend oo the weekend perhaps for this shows why this is really a terrible way to have to do business, where the final decisions are left of the four people. >> that's a reference to the big four leaders of congress. mcconnell, schumer, ryan, and pelosi. they expressed optimism they'll be able to pass the bill. the text of the legislation was supposed to be announced last night to set the stage for a house boat for you to speak at we got close but we weren't going to let midnight stop us from finishing our job of negotiating it out. >> among the final issues, cost-sharing reductions for obamacare which democrats have wanted.
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and the ongoing struggle over addressing the so-called dreamers in exchange for border wall funding. but top democrats say both sides are far apart on daca and border security. >> we'll keep fighting and trying. the courts have given something of a reprieve but they will be lots of opportunities for us to help the daca kids. >> another concern, the risk of a government shutdown due to mother nature's inclement weather. but so far, the senate and a majority leader doesn't appear to be worried pretty >> what my focuses finishing this omnibus appropriation which will fund the government to through september 30th and we will do it this week. >> there's also pressure on the remote from side to get out of town before a major gun protest comes here. perhaps some deadline motivatio motivation. bret? >> bret: mike emanuel live on the hill. thank you. the new budget proposal features an $80 billion increase or defense. it has the blessing of the normally fiscally conscious speaker of the house. tonight, national security
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correspondent jennifer griffin talks exclusively with speaker paul ryan about why he is supporting a pentagon budget of $700 billion. >> last thursday during a routine landing, the nose gear failed on an air force to see if i transfer plane and texas. the planes get it on its belly to stop. just last summer, the air force because of its entire fleet. house speaker paul ryan says it's defense needs to increase or it will get worse. >> just last week, we lost two f-18 pilots off the course coast of florida. we lost seven in western iraq. this is in many ways because of training and accidents because of our military budget. >> ryan climbed the wrongs of power focusing on cutting budget. >> what did you become a different talk? you had always been a deficit hawk. in fact, you had pressed president obama and criticized him to ignore the deficit. what changed? >> when i became speaker, i got access to the classified briefings to see what exactly
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our military is experiencing. i have been absolutely convinced that we have been doing a disservice to our men and women and military with a budget they have been getting. >> republicans and democrats agreed to the budget control act or sequester in 2011, which capped defense spending at $558 billion a year. next year, the pentagon's budget is slated to be $700 million. >> and admiral had warned that the deficit was the greatest national security threat to the u.s. what changed? >> nothing has changed. he's exactly right. but the defense budget is not the problem. it's growing the economy and getting the entitlement reform. >> expert so you can increase defense spending or have tax cuts but not both. are they wrong? >> they are wrong. we need a tax reform back and keep us growing. >> the top democrat on the house armed services occur to committee, congressman adam smith, has other concerns. >> what i'm really worried about is how we spend it. >> that is what this appropriations bill is all
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about, making sure that they do use it for training. >> and washington, jennifer griffin, fox news. >> bret: up next to my billionaires on the ballot. a look of a gubernatorial primary in cash-strapped illinois. first, beyond our borders. "the associated press" reports former first president is in custody as part of an investigation into illegal campaign financing. sarcozy has denied allegations that he accepted millions of dollars in cash from the late dictator ball mark muammar qad. allegations facebook provided data for millions of users to a political consultant firm. their board of cambridge analytica sizes has suspended its cdo, pending a full investigation of his actions in great britain and here in the u.s. tens of millions of venezuelans try to escape poverty and hunger in their country are flowing now into brazil. venezuelans are experiencing an
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trailing with cash and phone numbers, jeannie ives, she campaigns aggressively on what she claims is a betrayal of conservatives by the incumbents. ives said the conservative base of dents and franchise independence will motivate to vote bruce rauner out. >> this is a man who put in sanctuary state, abortion, a state that is bankrupt, who won't even say the president's name are associated with him. republican voters are very upset with bruce rauner. he has governed like a liberal. >> meet jeannie ives... a swig of the democratic governors association labeled and with a add labeling ives as too conservative for illinois the bruce rauner camp said that was a backhanded attack to manipulate conservatives and vote ives in. >> they know that i am going to beat them. in november, i could beat them, they know they can beat our lives, they want ives to win. >> ladies and gentlemen, j.b. priztker. >> on the democrat side, j.b. priztker has both illinois senators in his corner.
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he's been dogged by wiretaps of conversations with disgraced former governor, haggling for a position, , and using insensitie language about minorities. the "chicago tribune" says that he hides money overseas to dodge taxes. on his heels as the son of the late robert kennedy, chris kennedy. in a state senator, daniel best. just in the primary, illinois candidates have spent just shy of $70 million. according to campaign, priztker has got 70 million in his war chest, entirely self funded. bret come back to you. >> bret: we'll get the results tonight. thank you. hillary clinton is taking a shot at another trump. this time it is ivanka trump. the president's daughter. ivanka trump has said she has no plans to run for office but she could change her mind. some have interpreted that to say she's leaving the door open possibly for a shot at her dad's job sometime. hillary clinton talked about it on dutch tv.
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>> apparently ivanka trump wants to be the first female president of united states. >> that's not going to happen. >> no? >> no. >> how come? >> we don't want any more inexperienced drums in the white house. >> bret: last week clinton upset even some democrats by implying women were intimidated by their male counterparts into voting for donald trump in 2016. first lady melania trumps says she will not stop her efforts to combat cyberbullying, despite present dumb a criticism of her husband's twitter habits. she held an event about internet safety habits this afternoon. >> i have been criticized for many commitment to tackling issue. and i know that will continue. but it will not stop me from doing what i know is right. i'm here with one goal, helping
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children and our next generation. >> bret: mrs. trump says she gets many letters from children who have been bullied or feel threatened on social media. now a series of stories that came out today. a new york state judge is refusing to toss out a defamation lawsuit against president trump by a former contestant on the apprentice. she says mr. trump kissed her against her will and later groped her. her lawsuit contends mr. trump to feign prayer by calling her allegations fabricated and made up. meantime, a former "playboy" model who says she had an affair with mr. trump is filing suit in california, seeking release from a legal agreement requiring her to stay silent. karen mcdougall is suing the company that owns the "national enquirer." she says she was lied to you when she took a $150,000 payment. and today, the attorney for adult film actress stormy daniels released a polygraph test report from 2011 that concludes daniels was truthful about her claims of a sexual
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relationship with donald trump. daniels answered yes to questions about having sex with mr. trump at brother he promised to get her on the tv show. the report states that it was measured to be less than 1%. president trump denies all of the actions of all of these women. tonight, we get an update on a story we have been following for you over recent weeks and months. the continued problems in puerto rico to reestablish electricity following last year's hurricane maria. correspondent bryan llenas tells us the power is coming back on slowly but finally. [cheers and applause] >> in puerto rico, this is the sound of relief come after six months, jose rodriguez, has family, and neighbors, finally e power. >> i'm so happy.
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>> the last 180 days have been a struggle. >> it is so hard. i was four days in depression. >> no power meant no running water for three months, they showered with a bucket. he and his wife took turns carrying 482-year-old father suffering from parkinson's disease and ulcers. >> we have air conditioning, we have tv, we have everything, but we don't have power. and you don't know. >> about 100,000 americans are still without power around the island. 1500 workers from 56 electric companies from all over the u.s. are here. >> to be this resilient after six, seven months without power, and to feel like you're grateful over here, they may think it is rough, tough, but some of us cry at night. >> an estimated 470,000 puerto ricans are expected to leave the island over the next
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two years. in hardest his tomei kit, roberto lost the roof of his home and he is moving his family to indiana. >> it to have to abandon my grandmother, my mother, my family, after all of these years together and to make a decision like this now, it is difficult. >> while parts of the island are still recovering, tourists are returning to san juan. figure the cruise liners have been starting to roll up. however we still have many hotels that are either overpopulated because of the recovery teams or that are still in reconstruction. >> fema says puerto rico's recovery is at a fragile state. restoring and infrastructure while preparing for another hurricane season less than three months away. >> bryan llenas live in puerto rico. thank you. next up, president trump congratulates vladimir putin on his election and says they will be getting together soon. our reaction in washington, will get reaction from the panel when we get back.
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♪ >> i had a call with president president putin and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory. the call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not-too-distant future, so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race. to speak up when i look at a russian election, what i see is a lack of credibility. so carl icahn wouldn't have been high on my list. >> bret: the president meeting with a saudi conference at the white house today but the headline ended up being his call with a putin. congratulating russian leader on his election won which is not a
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surprise. it got a lot of reaction. here in washington and arizona. here senator mccain's statement. an american president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators unwitting sham election. he insulted every russian citizen that was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist putin's regime. with that, let's bring in our panel. jonah goldberg, senior editor at "national review." amy walter, national editor, and ben domenech, publisher at "the federalist." ben, thoughts on the reaction? a lot of it here in washington to this statement and miscommunication. >> it's a different situation i'm in terms of the relationship with russia then it was several years ago when we saw president obama giving congratulations to putin over a recent election. this is a situation that i think is going to turn into its own
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sort of form of a reset, write attempt by the trump administration to engage in that behavior obviously, they want to get rid of this investigation that has been ongoing, they wanted to come to a conclusion and they want to talk to putin about a number of different factors. the domestic scenario here, the situation in washington, really hasn't allowed them to do that yet. >> bret: amy? >> it is very different from the term of obama, even very different from a very couple months ago. this is no longer about russia meddling in the election, we are not talking about poisoning in britain, we have not had discussions yet on that. apparently the president did not raise that issue with boudin. i think this is one of those issues that has been ongoing since the president has gotten into town that divides the republican party, much the way the issue of trade divides the party, that you are going to have folks in the camp that say there should be absolutely no relationship with boudin. he's a bad dude.
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don't ever try to make this relationship work, and folks that are aligned with the president who do you want to see something happen. but the bottom line is, there's a whole lot of this happening even in the last couple of months, the fact of the president didn't raise that i think is a good part of the reason why so many republicans are worried. >> bret: he's talking about the poisoning in great britain, the sanctions that this regime, this administration has put on the russian regime. it doesn't talk about that's. >> there since we are double game, or the administration has been quite tough on russia. donald trump has not been rhetorically. it sets people off around washington because of all the other baggage that we were referring to. i agree with a lot of things, they have changed. one thing hasn't changed. russia is not a democracy. and i didn't like it when barack obama talked about congratulating vladimir putin and i don't like going on trump does it for the simple reason --
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i don't like when sarah sanders says we can dictate how they do things in russia. we are not talking about dictating, we were talking about bearing witness to the truth, which is that it was a dictatorship, authoritarian regime, it was a sham election. >> bret: you point out that this regime, the russian regime, is facing a lot of sanctions from the u.s. >> i agree. at this weird thing. it's almost like trump can't bring himself to say the words because he doesn't care about this rhetorical niceties, may be because he has this idea about having a relationship with putin. maybe because he wants to see people's heads explode on msnbc. maybe all of the above. rhetoric matters. telling the truth about this regime is worthwhile. >> bret: i want to turn to domestic politics now. a lot hangs in the balance, government funding. is there a daca deal? wetzel's into the daca deal back and forth afraid to speak of the deal that was offered this week included a three year
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extension for daca in exchange for the border wall and border security spending. >> i would probably favor a short term solution, three years for three years funding. >> i just had a meeting with a variety of senators, they seemed surprised by some of the offers were rejected out of hand. >> there are lots of opportunities for us to help the daca kids. right now, the president as he did a few weeks ago, was standing in the way. >> bret: but is it fair to say that because the president says it's the democrats who don't want to take this deal. they wanted as an election issue. >> they do want it as an election issue but in addition to that company of a situation where we are dealing with a bill that is completely a mess. it has all these different priorities smashed into if they don't work. we are still seeing a couple of those come to light. i don't see any chance of a deal at this juncture given the politics of this issue. it is only going to continue to be demagogue as we go forward. the reality is that earlier in
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the show, they were talking about this is -- john cornyn was saying, this is the way that business works now and things can't really work. guess what, that is what things are going to look like for the future forever unless we have a fundamental change in the way the senate and congress behaves. >> bret: amy, what about funding? we will probably have a snow day tomorrow, which means the week gets shorter. probably into the weekend. >> i don't think we will see a government shutdown. i agree with ben, what we will see is a big mess of a bill with nobody getting the priorities that they really, truly wanted to see out of this. conservatives will be upset at some of these things, obviously democrats are going to be upset. we have the funding for a project in new york at the president is upset with that a lot of folks in new york wanted to see. but the bottom line really is that this is it. this is the last piece of legislating we are going to see for the rest of the year. so whatever gets done in this bill is what is going to get done and if not, well, guess what, got to wait till 2019.
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>> a huge gamble on the part of republicans to do that, basically saying we will rest on our laurels, our singular achievement of this tax bill. >> bret: this is why people hate washington. >> it's one of the reasons. [laughter] >> bret: when we come back, some good news from a heart page patient. ♪ it could be wearing on you. tell your doctor what you've tried and how long you've been at it. linzess works differently from laxatives. linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. it can help relieve your belly pain and lets you have more frequent and complete bowel movements that are easier to pass. do not give linzess to children less than six, and it should not be given to children six to less than eighteen. it may harm them. don't take linzess if you have a bowel blockage. get immediate help if you develop unusual or severe stomach pain,
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